Bridging the Gap : Diaspora engagement in peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa
In a globalizing world diasporas have become important forces that play a role in the interactions and relations between countries, regions and continents. Also in contemporary conflicts, conflict resolution and peacebuilding diaspora have a more and more important role to play. In the mainstream literature, diaspora are often seen to fuel conflict and exacerbate tensions through radical mobilization along ethnic and religious lines. New research findings, however, show that diaspora groups are playing an increasingly prominent role in peace and reconciliation processes. To what extent however, is not clear. This research aims at finding knowledge in the ways African diaspora (organisations) in the Netherlands try to influence the developments in their countries of origin and at finding knowledge in the ways those diaspora members are engaging themselves in positive peacebuilding practises. Hence the research question is; To what extent, and in what ways, does the African diaspora in the Netherlands influence peacebuilding processes in the Horn of Africa?
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen